The Order of Malta in Thurles officially launched their Tractor Challenge at Thurles Racecourse this week and the race is now on to get 5,000 tractors packed into the venue on Sunday April 27th.
Rugby heroes Denis Leamy and John Hayes, attended alongside Tipp hurling stars Lar Corbett and Brendan, and representatives of the Tipperary camogie and ladies football teams also.
Members of the Order of Malta were also out in force for the event while many vintage clubs came to Thurles with their tractors, cars and motorbikes to help promote what will be a very ambitious attempt to break the world record of the largest number of standing tractors in any one location.
Of course Thurles Racecourse is the perfect venue and thanks to the Molony family, there will be ample space for the tractors, vintage cars and motorbikes, oil engines, as well as stalls, stands and jumble sale locations. This is being billed as a real family day out and there will be refreshments and food, plenty of toilet facilities and entertainment on site throughout the day.
All tractors must be on site by 1:00pm on Sunday and there will be an advanced parking facility from Saturday on, but this must be booked in with the organisers. The actual record count will take place at 3:30pm and the hope is that when the tallies are returned, a new world record will be created.
Admision to the event will be 5 Euro and all children U-12 will be free in. Tractor exhibitors can make a donation to the fund and all monies raised will go towards the completion of the Order of Malta base at Borroway, Thurles and the continuation of the wonderful service given to the local community down through the years.
Despite the inclement weather at the launch, there was a real atmosphere of excitement and the celebreties were delighted to lend their support in recognition of the fabulous service provided to all sporting organisations and events throughout the land by the Order of Malta unit in Thurles which is strong, vibrant and growing.
So mark the date in your diary - April 27th. And, if you have a tractor, vintage car, motorbike or oil engine, why not bring it along and join in the attempt to break the world record.
See you there with your family and friends to help make this a huge success.